Clásico February 2015: Were you there when History was made?

This post was published on February 15, 2015 on the Ticket2Final blog.

What is it about the basketball encounters between Real Madrid and Barcelona that makes them the talk of the town every time? Action, passion, drama – you name it, El Clásico owns it. The high profile fixture, which pits two of Europe's best teams against each other is quite the rage as it is.

Euroleague 2014-2015 put another feather to fixture's cap

On Thursday, February 5, history was made as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague brought live court experience to the households of millions viewers from across 150 different nations.

Referees wore “Jersey Cams” on the court.

What are Jersey Cams?

Jersey Cams are micro-cameras, worn by referees during the game. The cams transmit live feed from the court to the laptop and television screens, placing them right at the center of the gaming action in the heated battle of basketball's fierce rivals. In a first-time-ever feat, what referees saw on the court, fans saw on their screens.

Why jersey cams?

Striving to improve fans' experience by using innovative technology, Euroleague uses gadgets at official games. Jersey Cams are latest top-notch tech, followed by Google Glass, previously used during the season.

According to Euroleague's director of brand and communications, Google Glass had some inherent limitations that prevented the league from bringing true game experience to fans at home. For one, the feed can't be transmitted and broadcasted live. Also, players can't be expected to wear the device , as it is worn on the face, so the search for better technology continued.

How did the Euroleague pull it off?

Euroleague managers tested the cams on players first and after getting positive results, debuted the technology in the official game of the week by mounting it on the shirts of referees. Players from Barcelona initiated the dummy run of jersey cams by wearing them in practice session. Once positive feedback was granted, referees tried the micro-cams next.

The story of the jersey cam

The Turkish Airlines Euroleague has its Spanish television partner (Canal Plus) to thank for the Jersey Cams. When approached by the league, Canal+ discussed the jersey-mounted camera developed by Barcelona as a based start-up, First V1sion. All three connected, putting the idea into motion.

The Spanish television network agreed to test the cams during one of its live games. Impressed with the results, the league created its own dummy run in a Barcelona practice session. After having used it successfully in the Thursday-night game, Euroleague hopes to use it during other game nights as well.

Hopefully, they'll come up with an idea to place micro-cams on players in the near future. The word is that NBA will snatch the idea for their games.

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Euroleague Names Brian Randle and Felipe Reyes as the MVPs

This post was published on January 14, 2015 on the Ticket2Final blog.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv's Brian Randle and Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes were named Most Valuable Players (MVP) of the Euroleague Top 16, Round 2.

The Euroleague Most Valuable Player is an honor granted to players for best performance during the entire season. Today, the MVPs include the regular season, the top 16 stage and the playoffs. Current format of the MVPs are considered to be more prestigious than earlier MVP as it is now based on a voting process.

The awards are team's performance dependent and is calculated by a statistical formula called PIR. Both Randle and Reyes had the highest performance ratings of the week at 29 points.

The story of Brian Randle

Just his second match this season after his injury, Randle had 9 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and earned 16 points for a near-perfect shoot. He led his team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, to a home victory against Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade with an end score of 78-67. He attained the 29 rating points by being 6 for 6 on the 2 point shots and a total of four perfect free throws.

Shimon Mizrahi is the president of the Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and has Guy Gudes as the head coach. The American basketball player, Brian Randle, moved to Israel in February 2013 and was signed on by the team for the 2014-2015 season.

Randle has 34 index rating and 25 points in 2014 and three assists against Alba Berlin, nine rebounds and four steals against Crvena Zvezda in 2015, six blocks against Unicaja Malaga and 38 minutes against Panathinaikos, Athens in 2014 as his career highlights. He is ranked 1st in index ratings with 47 points, second in the number of 2 pointers made, seven offensive rebounds and five steals.

The story of Felipe Reyes

Real Madrid won against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 93-78, mainly thanks to Felipe Reyes, who made 11 rebounds and collected 22 points, He was also involved in 2 assists enabling him to earn his first MVP since the 2005-2006 season.

The Spanish basketball player, Felipe Reyes, has been playing for Real Madrid since he was signed on in the 2004-2005 season. The team is headed by Florentino Perez and has Pablo Laso as the head coach.

Felipe Reyes had career-highs with 38 index rating and 15 total rebounds in the year 2006 in a game against Montepaschi Siena, 23 points in the year 2009 against Olympiacos Piraeus, 4 assists against Valencia Basket in 2011 and 2 blocks against Crvena Zvezda. He was also ranked 1st in the number of 2 points made, number of free throw percentage and number of offensive rebounds.

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Brian Randle will next play FC Barcelona on Thursday, 15th of January 2015. Felipe Reyes will next play against FC Barcelona later in the season on Thursday, 5th of February 2015.

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Euroleague 2014 Top 16 Round 8 Preview

This post was published on March 5, 2014
on the Ticket2Final blog.

With the Euroleague Basketball Top 16 now at the half-way stage, there are some intriguing matches coming up that could be vital in determining the qualifiers.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan host Panathinaikos

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan host Panathinaikos in Group E in a key game in the race for second place. Milan has an 8-1 Euroleague home record this season while Panathinaikos has won its last three road games in Milan.

Panathinaikos forward Jonas Maciulis will be facing his former colleagues and will be supported by Mike Bramos and Roko Ukic on the wings. Milan will look to its one-on-one players, such as Keith Langford, Alessandro Gentile, David Moss and Daniel Hackett, to give them the advantage. Panathinaikos will rely on their big men to control the boards, led by Stephane Lasme, James Gist, Antonis Fotsis and Mike Batiste. It should be a fantastic atmosphere at the Mediolanum forum.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul welcome Olympiacos Piraeus

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul welcome Olympiacos Piraeus in another critical clash in the playoffs race. Olympiacos beat Fenerbahce 95-82 in Top 16 Round 1 with an outstanding performance from reigning Euroleague MVP Vassilis Spanoulis. He racked up 28 points and 9 assists in an exhibition of top quality basketball.

Linas Kleiza, who earned All-Euroleague honours with Olympiacos and reached the final with them in 2009-10, faces his former club. Olympiacos has a strong line-up led by Bryant Dunston, Brent Petway, Mirza Begic and Georgios Printezis. Spanoulis will be the player to watch, but he will have to be at his best against Omer Onan and scoring aces Bojan Bogdanovic and Pierre Jackson.

CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar clash in the Russian capital. Co-leader of Group F CSKA just got the better of Lokomotiv on the road after overtime last month and is seeking a fifth straight Top 16 win. Lokomotiv coach Evgeny Pashutin played for CSKA and later served as assistant to Ettore Messina before reaching the Final Four as head coach. As the Russian national team coach, several CSKA players will be under close scrutiny from Pashutin for the future.

The big clashes involve CSKA’s Nenad Krstic, Sasha Kaun and Kyle Hines against Lokomotiv’s Richard Hendrix and Aleks Maric. In the backcourt, Milos Teodosic and Sonny Weems represent Moscow in opposition to Kuban’s Krunoslav Simon, Mantas Kalnietis and Marcus Williams. Another gripping encounter looks guaranteed.

Bayern Munich meet Zalgiris Kaunas

Bayern Munich meet Zalgiris Kaunas in a match that neither can afford to lose. Bayern are looking to get a run going but are tied for fourth currently while Zalgiris are hoping to spark a run into the playoffs. Munich will start favourites after an 18-point win when the teams met in Kaunas last month. With only two home games remaining in the group, Bayern must keep the visitors at bay and hold their place in the group.

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Bayern fight-back stuns Lokomotiv

This post was published on March 2, 2014 on the Ticket2Final blog.

FC Bayern Munich fought back from 19 points behind to shock Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in their Euroleague Top 16 round 7 clash. The German side are now back in the chase for a play-off place in Group F after securing victory by 82-79.

The sides are now sharing fourth place along with Galatasaray Liv Hospital with 3-4 records. Lokomotiv looked set for victory when coasting into a 39-20 early lead before Munich struck back with an 11-point run. The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter and Delaney and Heiko Schaffartzik combined to make 6 free throws in the closing seconds. Delaney top scored for the winners with 18 points after successfully completing 10 out of 10 free throws.

Real Madrid crushed Zalgiris Kaunus 108-72 to move level with CSKA Moscow at the top of the group with 6-1 records. Rudy Fernandez top scored for Madrid with 20 points with Sergio Llull contributed 15 in an excellent team performance that posted an index rating of 151, a new Top 16 record.

CSKA Moscow were equally impressive in dishing out a 100-65 thrashing to Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in the Russian capital. Milos Teodosic was outstanding with 22 points and 8 assists while Victor Khryapa came close to a triple double, managing 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Maccabi are in third place in the group at 5-2 but will have been stung by this heavy defeat. It was the second worst defeat in Maccabi’s Euroleague history. You have to go back to 1976 and a 125-78 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid to find a more crushing defeat.

Maccabi trailed by just 7 at the end of the first half but was overrun in the second half, being outscored 53-25 by the hosts. Nenad Krstic, awarded his January bwin MVP trophy before the match, scored 14 points. Maccabi coach David Blatt was honoured with the nation’s Order of Friendship for his time and success leading the Russian national basketball team.

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul hit defeated Partizan NIS Belgrade 78-70 in the Serbian capital. The victory moved Galatasaray to 3-4 and fifth place while Partizan dropped to 1-6 and last place. The visitors held a 43-37 lead at halftime and refused to relinquish their grip. Partizan edged to within five points in the fourth quarter but Carlos Arroyo sank back-to-back triples to guide Galatasaray to victory.

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Panathinaikos edge out Olympiacos in derby thriller

This post was published on February 25, 2014
on the Ticket2Final blog.

Panathinaikos Athens held off arch-rival Olympiacos Piraeus for a narrow 66-62 victory in round 7 of the Euroleague Top 16. No more than four points separated the two teams at any stage of this see-saw encounter and they are now locked together with a 4-3 record at the half-way stage.

The top of Group E

Barcelona remain at the top of Group E with Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and Emporio Armani Milan all trailing the leaders by three victories. The lead changed hands 14 times before a decisive free throw by Dimitris Diamantidis settled the match with just 46 seconds left. Stephane Lasme was top scorer for the Greens with 18 points, Roko Ukic adding 14 points while Diamantidis had 9 points and 8 assists.

The victory ended a three-game losing streak for Panathinaikos.

Barcelona remained undefeated with another comprehensive victory, this time at the expense of Spanish rivals Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. Barca extended their record-breaking run by winning 80-68 on the road. Their record of consecutive Top 16 victories has now reached 19.

Ante Tomic was their star player by posting Euroleague career best returns of 24 points and a performance index rating of 36. Marcelinho Huertas contributed 16 points, just one more than Juan Carlos Navarro.

The three-way tie for the second place in the group

Emporio Armani Milan joined the three-way tie for second place in the group by cruising past Unicaja Malaga 70-59. Keith Langford led with 29 points for the second time this season, a result that pushed Unicaja to a 3-4 record. Langford scored 12 in the first quarter as Milan took control of the match and added 7 during a 9-0 run in the third quarter as Milan stretched their lead to 20 points. There was no way back from there for the visitors.

The Istanbul derby

The final match in Group E was the Istanbul derby which eventually went the way of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. They beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71-63 on the road to register its third win in the last four games to move to 3-4. Bojan Bogdanovic was top scorer for the winners with 17 points, closely followed by Linas Kleiza with 16.

Efes have now dropped to 2-5 in the group after they failed to capitalise on a bright start that saw them gain a 9-point advantage. Fenerbahce responded quickly to tie the game after 10 minutes and they gradually edged ahead. A three-pointer by Melih Mahmutoglu gave Fenerbahce a 54-53 lead after the third quarter.

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Records tumble as Barcelona extend winning run in Top 16

This post was published on February 12, 2014
on the Ticket2Final blog.

FC Barcelona - remarkable winning streak

FC Barcelona continued their remarkable winning streak in the Euroleague final four Top 16 with a Group E road win 63-56 over Panathinaikos. The Spaniards remain the Euroleague’s only unbeaten team after the opening five Top 16 games.

Barcelona equalled their club record of 17 consecutive Top 16 wins and established a new consecutive road win record of nine on the bounce. Marcellinho Huertas fired the visitors into an early lead with a 12-0 run. The Greens battled hard to get within touching distance with a five point deficit but Barcelona proved too strong. Huertas top scored with 17 points with Kostas Papanikolaou adding 14.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and Fenerbahce Ulker

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan held off a late charge from Fenerbahce Ulker to record a 90-85 win. The victory took Milan to 3-2 record and equal third in the group while Fenerbahce slump to 1-4 and last place. Milan looked to be cruising at 60-44 in the third quarter but Fenerbahce produced a 13-0 run to get within 2 points. Curtis Jerrells hit a pair of triples to ease the pressure on the hosts before Kristjan Kangur hit his fourth three-pointer to secure victory.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos Piraeus produced a convincing display to beat Unicaja Malaga 73-55 at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The home team set a new club record with 21 offensive rebounds with veteran forward Georgios Printezis top scoring with 17 points. Olympiacos improved to 3-2 in the group.

Two victories in a row - Anadolu Efes

Anadolu Efes made it two victories in a row by beating Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 72-66. After losing their opening three matches, Efes are now back in contention at 2-3 and tied in fifth-place with Unicaja Malaga.

CSKA Moscow crushed Bayern Munich

CSKA Moscow crushed Bayern Munich 86-61 in Group F to move to 4-1. Milos Teodosic was the star player with 6 from 13 three-pointers in his 24-point tally. CSKA held a commanding 17-point lead at half-time and were never seriously threatened.

Group F Top 16 

Real Madrid joined CSKA on 4-1 in Top 16 Group F ending Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s unbeaten run 74-68. The three teams are now tied for first place in Group F. Sergio Llull was top scorer for the winners with 20 points including 8 in the final two minutes. Rudy Fernandez added 16 points and 8 rebounds.inal

Galatasaray Liv Hospital notched a second consecutive win in the group by fighting back to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 90-83. Galatasaray improved to 2-3 but Zalgiris are in deep trouble at 0-5. Carlos Arroyo was top scorer for the winners with 22 points and 9 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar pulled off a third consecutive win by defeating Partizan NIS Belgrade 87-81. Lokomotiv improved to 3-2 in fourth place with Partizan dropping to 1-4.

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